Unlike traditional science degrees, Natural Sciences at Lancaster allows you to pick from a wide choice of scientific areas and study two or more science subjects throughout your degree course. This is a challenging programme as you will be taught to the same depth of understanding as single honours students in each subject. Although primarily a science degree, it is possible to study up to one quarter of your degree in a non-science subject.
All students begin their degree studying three subjects. You can choose three sciences or two sciences and a non-science subject. Subjects include Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communications, Computing, Engineering (Electronic and Mechanical), Environmental Science, Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology and a wide range of humanities and social sciences.
At the end of this year, you can continue studying all three subjects - selecting the part of each single honours degree scheme that suits your abilities and ambitions. Alternatively, you can drop one subject and continue with a two subject degree.
In your second year, you begin to specialise. In each of your chosen subjects you can select from a series of themes, with a considerable variety of modules. For example, Biological Sciences themes include Cell Biology, Microbiology/Biomedicine, Biochemistry and Genetics and Environmental Biology.
If you are taking our North America degrees, you spend either the second or third year of your course at a prestigious North American university. Recent exchanges have been with the universities of Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Miami, Oregon, British Columbia, Calgary and Toronto. The marks gained in this year count towards your final degree assessment.
On the BSc programme, you continue into your third and final year studying the themes you chose in your second year. Students on our MSci Hons course can choose to complete their studies after three years, and graduate with a BSc degree, or proceed to the fourth year of the MSci degree.
The fourth year of the MSci is aimed at students seeking a career in research and development and contains higher level courses plus a major research project component.